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Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,239 Reviews
Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
harpoonbrewery.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Harpoon IPA is an interpretation of the classic English style using hops and malt grown in the United States.

42 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,239
Ratings:
4,037
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
24.24%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
891
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 1,239 | Ratings: 4,037
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently had on tap at Pizzeria Uno's served in their 22oz. glass. A dark deep yellow with about a one finger head that lasted most of the sample but yeilded little to no lacing.

Smell was very flowery and citrusy up front. A strong hop presence as well.

Taste was similair to what would be expected from the smell. Citrus up front backed up by midly bitter hop flavor. Well balanced so the hop bitterness didn't over power the other flavors.

Moderate on the palate with only slight carbonation. Very smooth and an easy finish to the beer.

Very easy to drink and a nice alternative to the other stagnant beers this establishment tends to throw your way. I can easily have a few of these at one sitting and not get tired of them. A solid, all around, fairly average but enjoyable IPA, IMO.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle found in my fridge after the Superbowl party. Thanks, somebody...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the dark golden/light amber brew. Head is pillowy and a bit uneven as it fades slightly, with nice lacing. Aroma is leafy hops, with underpinnings of sweet pale maltiness. Taste is upfront with a shot of hops, giving way to smooth malts, and closes up shop with a revisit of the hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent as well. Nice one from Harpoon.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark yellow beer. Has a big bright white foamy head and some good lace. The aroma has a sweet citrusy, sharp hop character with a hint of malt in the background. The taste starts with a sweet citrusy tease followed by a blast of hops bitterness and has a nice refreshing clean hop finish.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start off by saying that IPA's aren't generally my cup o' tea. However, I really liked this one! Never at any point did I feel it was a chore to toss this one back. I like.

Poured out an almost standard golden, with a thin wispy head to match that laced nicely through the whole pint and retained a thin presence throughout. Smell is hoppy and a bit citrusy, a faint maltiness even. Taste was very nice, first note being a nice hop hit, not overhwhelming like I feel most IPAs are, more balanced. The middle is dominated by a battle between the hops and the fruity tones and malt. Toward the end is a very tasty bread/biscuit like tone, something rather unexpected but I really liked that, that was what put this one over the top in my book.

Very nice.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer flows forth displaying an amber hue with no readily apparent tid bits of luscious ingredients tossing about in the mixture. Pretty clean. Head is fair. It seems to hold up alright and dissipates into a fair manifestation of lace. Looks alright.

Not overly pungent. Smell has floral hops and crystal malt providing a lightly toasted citrus fruit ambiance. Shiskabobbed lemon and orange. Nice.

The taste profile is fairly mellow. Mildly citric and modestly bitter without any intention of crossing over into bold territory. It is completely unoffensive and quite drinkable, but lacks the full character that this style can display. A little uninspiring in terms of the style.

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Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear light amber colour topped by a thin white head that showed excellent retention and stickage.

Smell: The aroma is well-balanced between grainy malt character and citrusy hops (pink grapefruit). Very nice.

Taste: The balance is on the bitter side (of course) with a light citrus and floral hop flavour. Some basic malty sweetness is also present. While good, the flavour is a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body and moderate carbonation with a smooth texture. No complaints here.

Drinkability: Overall, a pretty good pint and not bad for a session. I had the opportunity to sample it a couple times over several days and my impressions didn't really change.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber color from the tap, culminating in a rather large head that dissipated to about an inch. After a few sips, it was still sitting about a quarter inch atop the beer.

This beer has a slightly stronger scent than other beers, mainly due to the fact that it's an IPA and it's more "pungent." Definitely not bad at all though.

The bitterness of this beer really isn't overwhelming at all. It seems to me a well-balanced IPA, with the hop flavor offset by malts. It goes down really easily, and it doesn't feel overly harsh on the tongue at all. I suppose it has the smoothness of a lager combined with the flavor of an ale.

I definitely could drink more than one of these in one sitting. It's a very enjoyable beer, and it would probably go well as a "session beer." If you haven't had this yet, I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For someone who is not the biggest fan of American IPAs, I absolutely loved this one. Persoanlly, Harpoon IPA or the Cottonwood Endo are the best of its style I've tried so far. Poured a nice amber colored hue that filled the glass with much carbonation and head rentention. Sparkled in the mouth and the hops was not overbearing. Will definitely try this again.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden/orange has a two finger head with fair retention and some ok lacing. The aroma was of floral hops and caramel malt. The taste was of pale malt with a grassy hop finish. This beer is medium bodied with average carbonation and is very drinkable.

Reflection: Not as hoppy as I like my IPA's but as a pale ale this would be great. With the good flavor and nothing over the top this would make a great session beer.

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Photo of travolta
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Light frothy head with minimal retention. Lacing was nice. Golden apricot in color.

Nose: Slightly herbal, leafy, and fruity.

Taste: Leafy, lightly bitter. I don't really get anything else. Maybe some hops.

Notes: Well balanced and not over the top. I like the fact that this beer is not west coast, over-hopped, craziness.

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Photo of LarryV
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish amber color with a moderate head that fades quickly. I don't know what they use for a yeast in this beer, but it has a strong Ringwood flavor to me. Hints of butterscotch. For an IPA, it's rather lacking in hoppiness. The hops get lost in the maltiness of this beer. An okay beer that I could drink 1 or 2 of in an evening but that would be it. Tastes more like an English pale ale to me than an IPA.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a light clear orangish-yellow in color with a short but retentive head that left some pretty good lacing.

Smell – The light, leafy hops were mixed with grapefruit and a super-light malty base. I couldn’t really pick up a whole lot from this nose.

Taste – The hop flavors here were very singular in nature. They are very leafy and herbal and sorely one-dimensional. There was a little faint grain mixed in with everything but no finish to this beer.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the nice, bitter mouthfeel of this light to medium-bodied IPA but thought it was lacking in complexity.

Drinkability – It would be hard to keep drinking this all night. Although I live out West I can still appreciate a good East Coast IPA, but this just isn’t it.

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Photo of n8tron
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer from tap and from the bottle. In both this beer is fantastic. Very hopy with no other flavors to get in the way. A really perfect IPA. It has a nice color, slightly dark and reddish brown. It is very drinkable and you don't get tired of it. Its good till the end, like all good IPA's should be. Luckily this beer is very popular in boston, and i hope if i ever move it is popular where i live.

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Photo of granger10
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a flourescent orange color with a medium bright white head. Lots of bubbles rush to the top. The scent was restrained at first but I picked up more notes the further I went along. There seems to be a real strong floral pungency in here along with citrus notes from what appeared to be dry hopping, but im not sure about that. The taste was a bit restrained. There was no real dominating flavor but a big mix of estery hops, caramel malt, and a grainlike huskiness around the edges. The body was a bit thin and that hurt this beer a little. All in all a decent but underwhelming beer, not really an ipa but not subtle enough to be a good pale ale.

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Photo of taez555
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a thick white head with a bright and clear yellowish/orange body.

The nose was a mix of biscuit malt, fresh caramel malt, and a sharp fruity hop with a touch of fine citrus.

Medium bodied with a quick, slightly sour, hop taste and bitterness. Definitely a BIG grainy earth and citrus dry hop taste. Rich malt, caramel, biscuit, Munich. A mix of hops abound in this beer. Some classic English touches as well as American IPA notes. From start to finish there’s an intense in your face bitterness.

This should be the official beer of Boston. A perfect combo of big American IPA’s and British pale ales. One of the best Boston session beers ever.

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Photo of ken3c
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold color. Big creamy head. Leaves sheets of lace.

Bold malt aroma with pine smelling hops in the backround.

Sweet, very malty taste and a nice pine finish. It almost balances but not quite.

Mouthfeel was interestingly creamy, well carbonated and light body.

There is plenty of taste in this beer. It leans toward the malty side and I'm sure would be better with more hops taste and aroma. Still, I liked it and I'll buy more.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright orange color, slightly hazy. A rather large head with a pale yellow tint, creates a lacework down the glass as it melts down.

Aroma - a soft blend of citrus and pine, appropriately and pleasantly aromatic for the style.

Taste - malty beginning, solid, then some quite palatable, mild hops and citrus enter in. More an APA than an IPA, but a decent hop-dominated finish.

Mouthfeel - a little heavier than average, adequately coating, complements the flavor well.

Drinkability - a good quaffer, not in the upper echelon but an easy and satisfying choice.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.36/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have tried this in bottle before but decided to give it a try on-tap.

Pours a very clear, lightly fizzy golden copper. Thin white head. Smell is grassy and lightly fruity.

Taste is a crisp light maltiness. Lightly fruity and a puny lightly hoppy finish. Sometimes I couldn't taste the hops at all. Really poor example of the style and not worth expounding upon.

I always try to get my wife to try IPA's because it's one style I can't seem to convert her to. Usually she makes a face and says it's too bitter. When I offered her te Harpoon her response was "Nothing great but I could actually drink this IPA." Enough said about the hop profile.

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Photo of necoadam
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one disappointed me.

Poured out a golden amber with a decent head that went to lacing after a while.

Smell consisted of hops, but not as strong as I would of liked them to be. Floral and citrus hops for the most part, with some earth tones and a slight whiff of yeast hangs around in the background.

Taste was..light. Hops? Only found a little bit of them. Malts kick in slightly with some citrus tones, but again, quite light.

Mouthfeel was too creamy and smooth for an IPA.

IPA? I know more APA's with more hops than this beer. Unless they want to appeal to the macro drinkers, I would consider this a light IPA. Goodness, go grab a HopDevil and see how it's done correctly.

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Photo of kennyo
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

gold color with nice, foamy head. Head has a bitter bite but has good legs. Their is a spicy, hop aroma. Their is a light malt taste with hop bitterness and a slight lemony aftertaste. The body is light/thin, could use more malt to balance this brew.

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Photo of jvajda
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apearance: Good deep orange/copper hue and frothy head.
Smell: It smells of bitterness and grapefruit. Very piney as well.
Taste: It's a superbly balanced IPA. The perfect amount of hop bitterness and fruitiness, no more, no less. Very impressive.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and alive in the mouth.
Drinkability: When I want a good plain ol' IPA, this is the one I reach for. It's a fine session beer as well.

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Photo of finepaws
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a number of places on tap while visiting Boston. It was the only thing worth drinking at both hotels I stayed in. It was a cool amber color with a small frothy head that held througout the drink. Had a hoppy, floral smell. Tasted pretty much the same. Not too bitter, sweet malt flavor too. Crisp, fresh mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I would recommend this one on.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an old staple. Pretty standard for an American IPA, but reliable and damn good. Appears a little bubbly actually, but there's a nice frothy head present that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Smells of citrus and piney hops, typical for an IPA of course. Tastes great to me, just what I would expect from Harpoon. Lots of hop flavor, less malt, and with a little bitter kick towards the end. Smooth mouthfeel, although a little fizzy, but generally impressive. This is a solid beer great for pretty much any occasion, such as watching the Sox game, which I am going to go do now.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

White head capping a golden body with a constant stream of bubbles. Great fruity hop aroma with only a hint of malt. Flavor is a bit weak, but nice. Weak mouthfeel, boring but drinkable. As with the Harpoon beers I've tried its a nice, drinkable beer but a bit more bland than I prefer.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

your basic, run of the mill east coast ipa. it pours a nondescript crisp amber colour with a fairly thin head. the smell is much more sweet than i remember it, actually dominating the hop and bread notes at times. floral notes are scattered throghout as well. as for the flavour, the hop and malt balance is nicely combined with the floral and sweet notes picked up in the nose, however, everything is pretty bland overall here. i remember this brew being much hoppier years ago. now it seems as if it's produced more for the masses. it's easy drinking and it's nice to know that you're likely to find it at any bar in greater boston (even the dumpiest of dives, most likely). this is certainly still a good beer all around but, like most harpoon offerings, seems to have peaked a while ago. crank it up on all accounts, i say.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.63 out of 5 based on 4,037 ratings.
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